15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. 16And the Lord God commanded the man, You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; 17but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.
12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death came through sin, and so death spread to all because all have sinned 13sin was indeed in the world before the law, but sin is not reckoned when there is no law. 14Yet death exercised dominion from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sins were not like the transgression of Adam, who is a type of the one who was to come.
15 But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died through the one mans trespass, much more surely have the grace of God and the free gift in the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, abounded for the many. 16And the free gift is not like the effect of the one mans sin. For the judgement following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brings justification. 17If, because of the one mans trespass, death exercised dominion through that one, much more surely will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness exercise dominion in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.
18 Therefore just as one mans trespass led to condemnation for all, so one mans act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all. 19For just as by the one mans disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one mans obedience the many will be made righteous.
4Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
2He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished.
3The tempter came and said to him, If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.
4But he answered, It is written,
One does not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.
5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple,
6saying to him, If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written,
He will command his angels concerning you,
and On their hands they will bear you up,
so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.
7Jesus said to him, Again it is written, Do not put the Lord your God to the test.
8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour;
9and he said to him, All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.
10Jesus said to him, Away with you, Satan! for it is written,
Worship the Lord your God,
and serve only him.
11Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him.
The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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